Getting Started With Your IPVM Info+ Subscription

By IPVM Team, Published Mar 06, 2022, 08:37am EST

Here's how to get started and get the most out of your IPVM subscription.

Searching IPVM

One of the best ways is to use IPVM's custom search engine that is available on the top right corner of every page on the site. As you type in your query, IPVM immediately returns matches. Watch the video:

Alternatively, you can press return for all results and go to IPVM's advanced search page. On this page, you can filter by newest matches, type of content (tests, articles, discussions), and author's name.

Online Shows

IPVM Online Shows (watch 600+ recordings now) are a series of ongoing themed events that allow sellers to pitch their offerings, moderated by IPVM, to IPVM subscribers.

Hearing seller presentations are valuable to understand what the seller is offering and how they approach the market. With IPVM experts moderating and the participation of the IPVM community, get additional insights and perspectives about the value and fit of that seller.

2022 Online Shows Calendar:

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Watch: What Makes IPVM Online Shows Different Than Trade Shows?

Join IPVM Newsletter?

IPVM is the #1 authority in video surveillance news, in-depth tests, and training courses. Get emails, once a day, Monday to Friday.

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If you’re interested in presenting at an Online Show, contact Mark and Kyan at onlineshows@ipvm.com.

Books for Subscribers

All subscribers can download the 6 books below - just click on the books you want to download:

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Live & On-Demand Courses

IPVM offers both live online and on-demand courses where we teach video surveillance and access control based on our unique ongoing research and testing.

2022 Live Course Schedule

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Live Courses

You can take the live courses from anywhere in the world, attending live or watching the recordings on-demand. We include weekly quizzes, a final exam, extensive personal feedback, and certifications for those who pass.

On-Demand Courses

The same course materials (videos, tutorials, quizzes, assignments, exams) are available on-demand. Start whenever you want, take as long as you want or finish as soon as you can. Learn more about each course:

Every on-demand student gets a 20-minute phone call with an IPVM expert to get started and we offer 'office hours' every week to help any student learning the materials.

Sharing IPVM with your Friends and Colleagues

We offer 'invites' that allow eligible subscribers to give 1-month free IPVM subscription to whomever they choose. Every eligible subscriber has 3 invites per year, a $60 value. And, if one of your invitees becomes a subscriber, you get the invite back to use again. All subscribers will be eligible unless the subscriber is on a monthly or quarterly plan and has been a subscriber for less than a year. In that case, upgrading to an annual plan will immediately activate invitations.

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Sharing Articles with Non-Subscribers

You can also share unlocked IPVM reporting to colleagues and friends. Every subscriber can send 3 unlocked articles a month to whomever they choose. This lets you share IPVM reporting with non-subscribers.

IPVM Design Calculator

The IPVM Design Calculator is the best way to visualize and plan your new camera selections. See what type of coverage you will get and the projected quality.

This 27-minute video shows how to get the most out of it.

The Design Calculator has a number of subscriber-only features including:

You can try out the entire calculator.

New on IPVM

Every week, we have numerous new releases. We focus on new products, events, and trends. Expect ~12 new articles, ~30 new discussions, multiple in-depth company profiles, and unique news reports each week.

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Getting Updates on What's New

Each time we release a new post or have news, we post it on LinkedIn.

Additionally, subscribers can choose from 3 types of email notices from IPVM:

  • Newsletters on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (this is opt-out)
  • An email each time a new discussion is promoted (this is opt-in)
  • An email each time a new article is released (this is opt-in)

Subscribers can edit these preferences, when logged in, on their profile page:

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Discussions

Get the most out of your subscription and ask questions in our discussion group. Just enter in a title and a description in the 'Start a New Discussion' form located on every discussion page.

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Bonus, if you do not want others to know who you are, simply check the 'Post Without Disclosing Your Name?' box on the lower left of any discussion form. This way you can get help but stay private.

Show Your Picture, Company Name and URL

When commenting on IPVM, you can get more out of it by including your picture plus your company's name and URL back to your preferred site.

Here is an example of how that looks:

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To add your picture / headshot, go to edit profile / photo tab.

To add your company name and URL, go to edit profile / main profile tab.

Solve Problems

In particular, use IPVM discussions to help solve problems. They could be technical questions or issues with vendors. IPVM brings the expertise and power to help resolve them.

Here is one example of how we help solve technical problems: Help Me: Looking For a "Pretty Looking" REX

Here is an example of how we help solve manufacturer problems: Genetec Not Really Recording

Quizzes

Subscribers can quiz themselves any time on a variety of topics from cameras to access control to sales to installation, etc. As soon as you finish the quiz, IPVM displays your score, how your score compares to other subscribers, and answers to every question.

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Additionally, if you have a group account and are an admin, you can assign quizzes to your co-workers. Pick a quiz, co-worker, and due date and IPVM will email your co-worker with the link to take it. Once they complete it, you will get an email confirmation with a link to their results including what they did wrong.

15,000+ Subscribers

You are one of 15,000+ subscribers from 110+ countries. We survey IPVM subscribers for special reports and facilitate sharing comments and feedback from amongst subscribers.

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21,000+ Pages

IPVM is very big, with an unmatched wealth of information.

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IPVM is so big that it is unrealistic to read all of it yourself. You will want to pick and choose the topics most relevant to you:

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Need Help?

If you need help or have more questions, simply comment below or send us an email to help@ipvm.com

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I have a small pawnshop and want to have the proper security but don't know much nor how to install these cameras I got n I have a dvr.. where do I start?

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What brand / model DVR and cameras do you have? This will help us give better feedback.

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Excellent program. Thank you! 

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I have been subscribed, following and viewing since Feb. 2020.

Thank you for the membership!

Highly appreciated!

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Am I right?

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IPVM is the Reddit that you pay $200 a year for...

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